Arab nations condemn Netanyahu’s Jordan Valley annexation plan

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during his announcement on September 10,

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Mr Netanyahu introduced his plan, forward of an election, on tv on Tuesday


Arab nations have condemned a plan by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to annex a 3rd of the occupied West Financial institution.

On Tuesday Mr Netanyahu pledged to use Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Useless Sea if he’s returned to workplace following a normal election subsequent week.


Officers in Jordan and Saudi Arabia sharply criticised the announcement.

The Palestinians stated the transfer can be “unlawful”, whereas the UN stated it might destroy the prospect of latest peace talks.

The annexation proposed by Mr Netanyahu would “bury any likelihood of peace”, stated chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

Israel has occupied the West Financial institution since 1967 however has stopped wanting annexation.

Palestinians declare the entire of the realm for a future unbiased state. Mr Netanyahu has beforehand insisted Israel would all the time retain a presence within the Jordan Valley for safety functions.

A UN spokesman stated the proposed annexation would have “no worldwide authorized impact”.

What’s Netanyahu saying this now?

The Israeli PM, whose right-wing Likud get together is neck and neck within the polls with an opposition centrist alliance, unveiled the plan in a televised handle.

“At this time, I announce my intention, after the institution of a brand new authorities, to use Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the northern Useless Sea,” Mr Netanyahu stated.

He stated this might be finished instantly after the election if he obtained a “clear mandate” from Israeli residents.

He stated the transfer would permit Israel to grab a historic alternative, however his home political opponents dismissed the pledge as an election stunt.

He additionally once more pledged that he would annex all Jewish settlements within the West Financial institution, however stated this would wish to attend till the publication of US President Donald Trump’s long-awaited plan for a peace settlement between Israelis and Palestinians.

Mr Netanyahu first made that pledge forward of an election in April. However after the vote he didn’t efficiently type a workable coalition authorities, paving the best way for subsequent Tuesday’s snap election.

The BBC’s Center East Correspondent, Tom Bateman, says the prime minister’s announcement is probably going to assist him shore up help on the political proper.

Blue and White’s co-leader, Yair Lapid, hit out at Mr Netanyahu, insisting he “would not wish to annex territories, he needs to annex votes”.

“That is an election trick and it isn’t even a very profitable trick as a result of the lie is so clear,” he stated.

In the meantime White Home officers stated that US coverage remained unchanged.

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Media captionMr Netanyahu was pressured to go away the stage as sirens sounded in Ashdod

Afterward Tuesday, Mr Netanyahu was whisked off stage by bodyguards throughout a marketing campaign occasion in Ashdod, a southern metropolis, as air raid sirens went off.

Israel stated it shot down two rockets that had been fired by Palestinians from the Gaza Strip. Mr Netanyahu continued his speech a number of minutes later.

In response, Israel stated early on Wednesday that its plane had hit 15 targets in Gaza, together with a weapons facility.

What is the response?

A spokesman for UN Secretary Normal Antonio Guterres stated the transfer can be “devastating” to the prospects of revived peace negotiations.

“Any Israeli determination to impose its legal guidelines, jurisdictions and administration within the occupied West Financial institution is with none worldwide authorized impact,” Stéphane Dujarric added.

The Arab League – an organisation of 22 states – stated Mr Netanyahu’s plan was a “harmful improvement” that will violate worldwide legislation and “torpedo” the foundations of peace.

Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi stated the plan was “unquestionably reprehensible” and a “menace to worldwide peace and safety”.

“This announcement is a declaration of warfare towards the Palestinian folks’s rights in addition to the very foundations of the worldwide rule-based order,” she stated.

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The fertile Jordan Valley makes up 1 / 4 of the West Financial institution

Jordan’s International Minister, Ayman Safadi, referred to as the plan a “critical escalation” and warned it may “push the entire area in direction of violence”.

Turkey’s International Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, described the pledge as “racist” and criticised Mr Netanyahu for “giving all type of unlawful, illegal and aggressive messages” earlier than the election.

Saudi Arabia additionally condemned the announcement on state media as a “very harmful escalation” and referred to as for an emergency assembly of the overseas ministers of the 57 member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in response.

What’s the background to the West Financial institution concern?

Israel occupied the West Financial institution, together with East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan Heights, within the 1967 Center East warfare. It successfully annexed East Jerusalem in 1980, and the Golan Heights in 1981, though neither transfer was accepted internationally for many years.

The Trump administration has since recognised each steps, overturning earlier US coverage. It stays unclear if its upcoming will advocate for a two-state answer – a plan which has dominated earlier worldwide diplomatic efforts to realize peace within the area.

Can Jewish settlement concern be resolved?

The destiny of the West Financial institution goes to the center of the Israel-Palestinian battle. Israel has constructed about 140 settlements there and in East Jerusalem that are thought-about unlawful beneath worldwide legislation, although Israel disputes this.